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Now Entering Our Third Season in the Field...

"I don't believe that we can have an army without music"
-General Robert E. Lee

fifes & drums
Last Updated February 4, 1997. Site maintained by Geoffrey Ritter

Welcome to Our Homepage at
If, while browsing through this page, you have a question or comment, please send your e-mail address(if applicable) and street adress to the e-mail address on this page or to the address here:
The Camp Lyon Fifes and Drums
c/o Geoff Ritter
#4 Rosenberg Ct.
Pekin, IL 61554
Inquiries regarding membership details and booking details can be done this same way. By exploring this site, you can find out details about our corps. By clicking on one of the links at the bottom of the page, you can read about WHAT'S NEW, a page telling of monthly news of our corps regarding events and other details. Right now, you can also see a list of our bookings and hopefully catch one of our performances. Finally, our links page can take you all over the web to learn more about fife and drum, the Civil War, and other related topics. New features should come online soon. I hope to eventually have a way of finding fife and drum music on the web and maybe even have some right here! If you can help me in this, please drop me a line at my e-mail address!!!
The calendar for 1998 is beginning to fill up.
Be sure to check it out!!!

The Camp Lyon Fife and Drum Corps was founded in Pekin, Illinois, in 1995.
Since then, the Corps, located in the Central Illinois area, has striven to present the military music of the American Civil War as accurately as possible. The Corps' goal is to duplicate the music that would have been heard at Camp Lyon, a Civil War training camp for federal soldiers that was located in Peoria, Illinois, where present day Glen Oak Park sits. The Corps, made up of junior-high and high school age students, performs fife and drum music dating from the American Revolution through the American Civil War.

Throughout the 18th and 19th centuries, military music was extremely important
in organizing and coordinating large armies. Whether through the bugle, the brass band, or the fife and drum corps, music was "instrumental to military success. During the Civil War, a ten company regiment was typically assigned one fifer and one drummer to each company. Sometimes practicing up to seventeen hours a day, these fife and drum units came to become a powerful force on the battle field. Once engaged in battle, many musicians found themselves the target of enemy fire because of their valuable role. One musician trained at Camp Lyon, Alanson P. Webber, won the Congressional Medal of Honor for his actions at the battle of Kennesaw Mountain. However, due to the advent of more advanced technology, fife and drum would vanish from major use in the military following the civil war.

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Fife and drum related links
1998 Schedule
WHAT'S NEW...February 1998
Meet the members of our corps...
Check out some Civil War-era pictures of musicians and other things...